Thursday, December 8, 2011

Former staffers accuse Planned Parenthood of misusing federal funds

In a letter to the heads of a congressional committee, seven former staff members of Planned Parenthood claim America's leading abortion provider didn't maintain proper separation between federal funds and funds used to provide abortions, failed to notify parents when teen girls had abortions, and failed to provide accurate information about abortion and fetal development to women considering abortion among other charges.
"We are of one mind that the extent of these problems with the organization is not fully understood by the American people, who are underwriting the growth of Planned Parenthood and its potent outreach to the young and the poor," said the seven in the letter circulated to Congress by the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion group.

Planned Parenthood had no immediate comment.

The committee is probing allegations that Planned Parenthood is misusing taxpayer funds, which the seven pegged at $1 million a day in state and federal support. In opening his investigation, Florida Republican Rep. Cliff Stearns recently demanded documents related to audits, abortion-funding, and policies on reporting sexual abuse from Planned Parenthood.